Jim McHale – Jackson, MS



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October 13, 2015


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Education Services Foundation Names James E. McHale President and CEO


JACKSON, MS, (October 12, 2015) – Education Services Foundation (ESF) announced today James McHale as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, following an extensive six- month national search.  James will begin as ESF President on December 1, 2015.


McHale has significant experience in foundation management and leadership having been employed in the industry for nearly 25 years.  James has served in various senior leadership roles including Sr. Vice President for Programs, Chief of Staff,  and vice president for Program strategies with W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan where he was employed for over 20 years.


The national search was led by The PACE Group, a national executive search firm, headquartered in Mississippi.  The firm reviewed a diverse group of over 150 statewide and national applicants, before presenting six extremely capable and experienced candidates as finalists to the foundation’s search committee for consideration.  “There is no doubt that Jim is the right choice to lead ESF as we enter a new era in the organization’s 33 year history.  Our board’s support for him is unanimous and we look forward to finding new and innovative ways of continue to make a difference in the lives of the people of Mississippi,” said Stan Pratt, Chairman of Board.


“It will be an honor and a privilege to lead ESF as it continues its legacy of commitment to the people of Mississippi. The state is blessed to have such dedicated individuals as those who founded, nurtured and now serve on the ESF board of directors, as well as the excellent staff that implement the life-changing programs of this organization,” said McHale.


James McHale earned his Masters of Management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a Bachelors of Science from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.


As President of ESF, McHale will lead the foundation’s efforts to provide support to specific education initiatives in Mississippi by identifying and funding proven programs focused on helping students succeed in education.




About Education Services Foundation (ESF)


Education Services Foundation is a nonprofit with the mission to help Mississippians achieve a better life through education by providing services and philanthropic grants while building permanent charitable capital. Currently the primary activity of ESF is the conduct of the Get2College program. Get2College offers a comprehensive college planning program that provides a range OF information and counseling to Mississippi students and their families on planning and paying for college. Services are offered in Get2College Centers in Jackson, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, in North Mississippi and in workshops throughout the state.